Off-Duty Concord Police Officer Helps Arrest Alleged Drunk Driving Hit & Run Suspect Who Was Also Wanted for Kidnapping

June 14, 2014 23:36 pm · 20 comments

On Saturday night just before 7pm, an off-duty Concord Police Officer helped arrest a hit & run suspect and alleged drunk driver who was also wanted for kidnapping, the California Highway Patrol said.

The following information is from the CHP:

CHP Dispatchers began receiving calls regarding a reckless driver in a small red vehicle on I-80 W/B near Gilman Street in the city of Berkeley. At approximately 6:50, CHP Dispatchers then began receiving calls relating that the same red vehicle, a 1994 Mazda, was involved in a traffic collision. The collision involved a total of four vehicles and two people were transported to local hospitals as a result, one for major injuries.

Immediately following the collision, the driver of the Mazda (Robert Blackwell 2/14/64 of Oakland) attempted to flee the scene on foot and jumped off of the elevated portion of I-80. An off-duty Concord Police Department officer, who witnessed Blackwell flee the scene, was able to stop Blackwell after he landed on the city streets below.

Blackwell was then arrested on scene by officers from the CHP Oakland Area Office for felony hit and run, felony DUI causing injury, as well as driving without a license. Blackwell also had two warrants out for his arrest, one for weapons violations and the second for kidnapping. Blackwell also sustained major injuries as a result of the incident and was transported to a local hospital.

The CHP would like to remind people that if they see a reckless driver or a potentially drunk driver, to call CHP to report the incident at 911 or at 707-551-4100. Do not attempt to follow the vehicle, simply provide the dispatcher with a description of the vehicle and if possible, a license plate.

Bugs Bunny June 14, 2014 at 11:53 PM

What a maroon!
Kudos to Concord Cop.

Constant Reader June 15, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Yeah for the CPD Officer! It sounds like Blackwell is not someone I’d like living society – far better for this POS to be with his peers in jail.

AAA sean June 15, 2014 at 2:14 AM

Rt on!

Scott June 15, 2014 at 6:40 AM

He will probably be let free because of something wrong in our judicial system.

Horse n around June 15, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Hooray for the officer!!!! Great job! But booo on Blackwell. It sucks he just received major injuries. Now WE will be the ones paying for his hospital stay, time in court and jail time. To bad he didn’t just pass away. It would of saved Cal. a lot of money.

Good Job June 15, 2014 at 8:15 AM

One more POS off the streets.

Aspirin June 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM

This guy deserves the Darwin Award for Most Deserved Extinction.

Jimboy June 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM

A more detailed headline:

“Off-duty CPD officer watches drunk criminal jump off an overpass and then waits for the EMTs to arrive”

Drunk homeboy with shattered legs and major injuries wasn’t going anywhere…

EdiBirsan June 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Gold Star for a Concord PD… hope it gets into his personnel file.

Anonymous June 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Good job by CPD!

saventheworld June 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Any chance they can put this fine citizen back up on top of the overpass and let him jump again. Good chance he’ll finish the job.

anonanonagain June 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I agree with you @ saventheworld!! Or at least take him to a higher overpass overlooking a scenic cliff……

Suzanne June 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Good job to CPD on this, we don’t need this in our city.

What??? June 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Sounds like an utter POS!

Suzanne June 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Definitely was a POS!

@Edi June 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

As if it would actually get him anywhere. I think he did a great job too, but at PD’s you’re only as good as the last thing you did.

Silva June 15, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Ouch! Kudos to LE on duty or otherwise. Good catch.

Cowellian June 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

He forgot his Acme Anvil when he jumped.

Nelson Muntz June 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Actually, I believe his Acme parachute performed up to the usual quality of Acme’s products.

sam June 16, 2014 at 4:21 PM

This is a dedicated CPD officer, although he/she was off duty: 1.. Engaged in the vehicle pursuit of the fleeing suspect. 2. Proceeded to a foot pursuit, intercepted, detained and effected the arrest on this perp!!!

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